Anyways, traditions are great. Traditions have a way of turning holidays into memories. Holidays probably wouldn't even be fun without the traditions that have evolved around them!
My favorite Christmas tradition growing up was how we always went out for Chinese food on Christmas Eve. When we were really little, my parents would always request a table by the window so we could watch for Santa Claus flying in his sleigh over top of us. To this day, every time I taste sweet and sour sauce I feel distinctly Christmasy.
Something Jessie's family has established as a Christmas tradition is going to the movie theater on Christmas Day. I haven't had the opportunity to participate in that particular tradition yet, but I think we are going to see Les Mis this year.
Anyways, Jessie and I love traditions. We love the traditions we've grown up with, but even more than that we love the new traditions we are creating as our own family unit.
Our new Christmas traditions include:
|Yoda Stocking! "A Merry Christmas, I wish to you." |
He's so wise. My favorite part of the stocking is
that his ear hangs off the side.
|Natalie's glam stocking. She's such a diva|
|Jessie's Giraffe stocking. It's the greatest|
|We even love sharing with the squirrels! We scorched a batch, |
and we didn't want to waste them, so we decided to give the
squirrels a Christmas feast before they enter hybernation station.
|We love the scarf on this guy|
(covering the mouth haha)
|This one's name is Claude|
Every year at the Winter Quarter's Temple Visitor's Center there is a gingerbread display in the basement. People from all over Nebraska build the craziest gingerbread houses and they are all on display for anyone who wants to stop by. It's amazing. People are seriously so creative. If you read Jessie's recent blog, you'll remember that we saw a gingerbread house that housed two missionaries teaching the Grinch about the gospel.
|Natalie posing as the world's largest gingerbread woman.|
My personal favorite tradition is the Grinch Tradition. I am in the process of memorizing Dr. Seuss's The Grinch, which I will recite to my kids every Christmas Eve from now until the day I die. I love Dr. Seuss, and the Grinch is one of my favorite characters in all of literature.
|The Grinch and I are getting wonderful, awful ideas :)|
Anyways, those are our traditions. Like I said, traditions are the best part of any Holiday.